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How to Re-grout Ceramic Bathroom Tile

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bathroom_with_black_and_white_tile-before_txtCracked or missing grout not only looks bad but it can cause water seepage and mildew growth. 

To re-grout ceramic bathroom tile, you'll need these tools and materials:

  • Grout saw, which can be purchased at a hardware store
  • Grout float
  • Grout sponge
  • Rags
  • Squeegee
  • Commercial grout cleaner
  • Grout
  • Grout sealer

Follow these steps for a professional looking job:

  • If possible, take a small piece of grout from your bathroom to a home improvement store to match it correctly. Color is important and so is finding the right grout for your project. Ask the salesperson for non-shrinking grout. It may save you time and effort. Grout may shrink as it dries and you will have to re-apply grout to fill grooves.
  • Clean and remove the existing grout. Be careful not to damage tiles. Use a commercial grout cleaner to remove soap scum, mildew and grime. Let the surface dry completely.
  • Remove damaged and cracked grout with a grout saw. The saw has a rough carbide surface which grinds out the grout. Check to be sure that there is no loose material left between the tiles.
  • Dampen the grooves between the tiles with a wet rag. Moisture is needed to assure that the grout adheres properly. Don't over-wet the area. Be sure the surface is damp.
  • Mix the grout according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Apply the grout evenly over the spaces with a grout float.
  • After all the grooves are filled and smoothed, go over the area with a squeegee to remove excess grout from the face of the tiles. You can also use a grout sponge for this step. If you remove grout from the grooves, go back over the area with the grout float.
  • Let the grout dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. Re-apply if you notice gaps.
  • When you're satisfied with the grout work, apply grout sealer. Follow the manufacturer's instructions. After the sealer dries, take a wet rag or sponge and wipe residue off the tiles. You'll notice a haze. Allow the haze to dry and wipe it off with a dry rag. Your tile will shine and look new again.